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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Portion Distortion....

“The only one who can tell you ‘you can’t ‘ is you. And you don’t have to listen.”

5 minutes of TGU’s (Turkish Get ups) AHAP (as heavy as possible)
Five rounds, each for time of:
20 High Pulls
30 Push-ups
40 Sit-ups
50 Squats

Grappling Circuit
8 rounds
Do not set the bar down until the entire set below is complete

Recommended weight 65 lbs
Bent Row 15 times
Upright Row 15 times
Military Press 15 times
Split Squat (left and right) 15 times
Thruster (squat low, bar on top of Chest, push up into a shoulder press) 15 times
Stiff Legged Dead lift 15 times
Weighted Abs (with 15 – 20 pound dumbbell) 15 times
Between rounds 1 minute of
run the hill
Jump rope single skip
Box Jumps
or lateral Jumps over Jump Rope and Back

Everyone has his burden.
What counts is how you carry it.

Portion Distortion
It is amazing to me how portion sizes have changed over the years and how much food people actually do eat.  Managing your weight, your energy level, your hunger and your long- term health involves mastering portion control.  To keep your protein, carbohydrate and fat intake balanced we must be sure to eat the right portion of each of these foods. One of the challenges we face is the "portion distortion" that has taken place over time in our culture. Promotions such as "Biggy" fries, "Supersize" soda and "Jumbo" franks have made it difficult to recognize a normal size portion of a protein rich food, and then balance it with carbohydrate and fat.

If you are new at estimating portions it might be worth your while to take the time and measure your food at home for a few weeks to help you "see" clearly what a normal portion looks like. Once you have gotten in the habit of measuring your food, it will get easier to look at it and know if you are actually eating correct portions. Consider switching to a smaller size plate, like a 7" luncheon plate rather than a 12" dinner plate. After a while, choosing correctly will be second nature. 
The next time you are at the grocery store, look at the frozen entrees, such as Lean Cuisine.  Notice how small the portions are. It is amazing how much food people actually eat compared to what they NEED. A serving of meat is 3-4 ounces. Your average steakhouse starts serving steaks at 10 ounces. You're already 2-3 times over your serving without adding any sides!  Studies show that people eat what is in front of them. So, if given a giant sized portion of food, they will eat it, given a smaller more realistic sized portion of food, they will also be satisfied. 

Here are some good tips to help you decide what and how much to eat:
•3 ounces of cooked poultry or meat looks like a deck of cards

•A ping pong ball is the size of 1 ounce or 2 Tablespoons

•The average women's fist is approximately the size of 1 cup

•The average man's fist is approximately the size of 1.5 cups

•A tennis ball is about equivalent to a medium size piece of fruit

•1 ounce of cheese is about the size of 4 dice

I found some interesting images that addresses the changes in portion size!!!


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